Center Court wrote:kray28 wrote:Thing is....playing with Dwight, Gil should have had a ton of open looks to hit. On paper, it should be like shooting fish in a barrel. But he didn't do well.
It should have been easier than being the #1 option/volume chucker that he had to be in DC. But like most volume shooters, Gil needs shots to get his gaudy totals.
do you know the when a starter he averaged 17ppg? WHILE IN ORLANDO
seriously people are trying to hate on Arenas at every angle possible and it's tiring.
SVG didn't use him right. He's not a role player. He's either a 6th man who you let go out and put up shots or he's a starter who can get his within the flow of the game. IMO he's a better starting option than Fish or Blake and would drastically improve the bench. Hell, when our bench plays well, we usually do well. When our bench plays whell it's because gl0ck plays well. Arenas > gl0ck.
The logic that he can play off the ball is vastly overstated... his best year came when he played with Larry Hughes at the 2 and they both were able to score and overall looked really good that year. As a 4th option and next to Kobe/Drew/Pau, he'd be finding open looks and lanes all the time.
And finally, that whole team cancer thing is IMO a little blown out of proportion. What he did was stupid, no doubt about it. VERY STUPID. But he's not some player who year after year caused problems and tore his team apart. He's an outgoing, enigmatic guy. Something tells me the whole gun thing was a big joke gone very very wrong. In the end, the FBI was on a manhunt for the other guy in that situation for shooting an innocent bystander.
Look, at the end of the day the fact that we are looking at the current version of Arenas as big addition to our bench/team, says something about the quality of our depth. Odom, Brown, Sasha, and Ronny are all far more productive players that we currently have. Clearly our ownership has wanted to save money wherever possible--- we are who we are. BUT if Arenas can do what he did as a starter for Orlando, then he'd be a good addition. If he can play somewhere between that level and Hibachi/Agent 0, then it's a move that could really propel to a championship level team. If somehow someway he get's back to a more reserved version of Gilbert 05/06, then we stuck gold and gold is in our future. Given the fact that he's healthy, playing back at home, has good reason to stay in line, motivated, and we have nothing to lose but a prorated veteran minimum, what is the down side?? None. Zero. No big salary to take on, no picks, no losing assets.
Oh and maybe it helps sway Dwight to push for LA. He and Gilbert are close and share the same agent.
I, for one, sincerely hope we sign Arenas.
If the bolded is true then we don't need him. His averages off the bench is similar to what we are getting from Fish now. If the FO is confident enough to sign him, then fine. But I think expectations here are too high.